Worlds apart, two youths went on a killing rampage this week, one in Germany, one in Tennessee. They did not know each other, had never met. And yet the darker energies overcame their moral center, capitalizing on their lack of control, their self-hatred.
Both had given up hope. The hope of each lay in making a final stand to reclaim the power of selfhood. Reclaim it in a false way, reclaim it in a deadly way, but reclaim it.
Such is the way of darkness - that it feeds on the misguided emotions of those who are vulnerable, causing decisions to be made and actions to be taken that the innate moral center would never allow.
Prayers for those who are overcome, that they may find the self that is lost and the love that makes possible forgiveness.